One of the main reasons I had for wanting to visit Ghana was my father. During the 80s he worked in Kumasi in an area called the Swami Magazine, a huge area the size of a town which supplies Ghana's fleet of junker cars with spare parts.
I made a point of visiting the magazine to see where my dad worked when he was my age. Walking the streets of the magazine during late afternoon was an incredible experience and something which I won’t soon forget.
Life in the Work the World house was a unique experience, akin to living with your best friends from work. Everyone was there for the same reason, to experience their own specialisation within medicine but in a completely new setting.
With different approaches to teaching and the varied levels of experience in numerous disciplines, living in a house of Work the World students was a fantastic opportunity to learn from people from all over the world, not just the country you've travelled to.
Whilst I was in Ghana I spent time with Irish student midwives, Australian student medics and Canadian student dentists.
Inter-professional working was a daily norm, often taking place in the pool or during breakfast as people review cases they saw that day or are likely to see again.
After placement, time in Takoradi was split between the house, the market and the beaches. On a day with good weather we’d organise to go directly from placement to a beach to spend the afternoon relaxing and catching some sun.
On other day’s we’d visit Market Circle and take some time walking the alleys, choosing between the huge number of fabrics and beads on sale.
Often the places we chose to visit were suggestions from the Work the World team, who were some of the most helpful and caring people I have ever met. As part of our induction to Takoradi, we were taken on a mini-tour around the city, pointing out useful and interesting locations.
I had an extra two weeks in Ghana after my four week placement and wanted to see more of the country. The Work the World team helped me work out where to visit and where to stay.
The weekends were also fantastic opportunities to see the sights the south of Ghana has to offer.
Travelling up to Mole National Park for my last weekend in Ghana with people I had met in the Work the World house after spending a week traveling around Kumasi on my own will be an experience that stays with me for the rest of my life.
Being able to fulfil my lifelong dream of going on Safari is something I can’t put into words; as was the experience of seeing elephants in the wild, having good friends around me during all of that made it that much more special.
I encourage anyone considering traveling with Work the World to think about the potential for spending an extra week or more in the country of your choice. The experience is amazing and helps put everything you’ve done during your placement into context.